At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, we have a wing in the new Simon Family Tower dedicated strictly to pediatric transplants. This quarantine effect decreases the chance of infection. It also creates a stable environment for children and families who may be in the hospital for an extended period of time.
Annual Pediatric Transplant Reunion
Each spring, all Riley transplant patients, families, nurses, staff and doctors reunite at a local venue for food, games and activities. Past reunions have been held at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana State Fair and Eagle Creek Park.
Pediatric transplant patients often stay in the hospital long term. The increased privacy leads to lower infection rates, faster recovery times and better overall patient care.
Two Flat Screen Televisions
We know families fight over the remote. At Riley Hospital for Children, we are doing our part to keep things civil during this stressful time. Both patient and family have a television and movie library for their viewing pleasure.
Family Friendly Setting
Spacious rooms include a desk, privacy curtain, small refrigerator, linen basket, pullout couch and large bathrooms.
Advanced technologies allow transplant doctors to “meet” with transplant patients from anywhere, anytime. Telecommunication lines transmit video and audio signals during the visit, along with EEGs, X-rays and echocardiograms to give doctors all needed information to administer care.
Exercise is crusial to keeping patients in good health. Often times, a child isn’t interested in getting out of bed to walk the halls, but they are excited to get up to play a game. The video games provide distraction and help lift childrens’ spirits.
ICU Capable Monitors
Each room has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capable Monitor to accommodate the critical condition many transplant patients are in. This detail increases stability by preventing patient transfer from room to room as the level of care changes. Additionally, this technology is readily available should an emergency occur.
Nurses only treat pediatric transplant patients, making them more efficient and effective, while decreasing the chance for contamination from other areas of the hospital.
A common area for patients and families, this room is available just for transplant. IU Health Transplant staff meticulously cleans toys and surfaces, ensuring no risk of contamination exist. Parents have access to a computer and the Internet to keep up with daily life outside of the hospital.
In order to ensure our patients only play with sanitized toys, we keep used and clean toys separate. Clean toys go through a rigorous sanitation process and are placed on the shelf.
"Dirty" Toy Bin
After one use, "dirty" toys are placed in bins and taken away to be cleaned before they can be used again.
Family Computer Station
Transplant families are often in the hospital longer than others. To help them feel more at home, a computer work station is available inside the playroom with free internet access.
Transplant nurses and staff are extremely dedicated to hand washing and sanitization. Patients and families are required to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the playroom.